The Rise of Graffiti Writing - From New York to Europe - Netflix
A 10-episode documentary series to trace the history of graffiti: from the beginnings in New York from the 70s until the breakthrough of the virus in Europe in the mid-80s. A dive in the city that saw the movement begin within it, in the Bronx, then a trip to Europe, where the movement spread like wildfire from 1983 in Amsterdam, Paris and London. Then all over the continent.
Runtime: 8 minutes
The Rise of Graffiti Writing - From New York to Europe - Jean-Michel Basquiat - Netflix
Jean-Michel Basquiat (French: [ʒɑ̃ miʃɛl baskija]; December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American artist. Basquiat first achieved fame as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip hop, punk, and street art cultures had coalesced. By the 1980s, he was exhibiting his neo-expressionist paintings in galleries and museums internationally. The Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of his art in 1992. Basquiat's art focused on “suggestive dichotomies”, such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience. He appropriated poetry, drawing, and painting, and married text and image, abstraction, figuration, and historical information mixed with contemporary critique. Basquiat used social commentary in his paintings as a “springboard to deeper truths about the individual”, as well as attacks on power structures and systems of racism, while his poetics were acutely political and direct in their criticism of colonialism and support for class struggle. He died of a heroin overdose at his art studio at the age of 27. On May 18, 2017, at a Sotheby's auction, a 1982 painting by Basquiat depicting a skull set a new record high for any American artist at auction, selling for $110.5 million.
The Rise of Graffiti Writing - From New York to Europe - Collections - Netflix
Notable private collectors of Basquiat's work include David Bowie, Mera and Donald Rubell, Lars Ulrich, Steven A. Cohen, Laurence Graff, John McEnroe, Madonna, Debbie Harry, Leonardo DiCaprio, Swizz Beatz, Jay-Z and Johnny Depp.
The Rise of Graffiti Writing - From New York to Europe - References - Netflix